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A Thousand and One Nights (1945)

Approved | | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy | 20 July 1945 (USA)
Tongue-in-cheek fantasy film set in Baghdad and loosely based on the One Thousand and One Nights medieval story.

Director:

Alfred E. Green

Writers:

Wilfrid H. Pettitt (screenplay), Richard English (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Evelyn Keyes ... Babs
Phil Silvers ... Abdullah
Adele Jergens ... Princess Armina
Cornel Wilde ... Aladdin
Dusty Anderson ... Novira
Dennis Hoey ... Sultan Kamar Al-Kir / Prince Hadji
Philip Van Zandt ... Grand Wazir AbuHassan
Gus Schilling ... Jafar
Nestor Paiva ... Kahim
Rex Ingram ... Giant
Richard Hale ... Kofir
John Abbott ... Ali
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Storyline

On the run after being found sweet-talking the Sultan's daughter, Aladdin comes upon a lamp which, when rubbed, summons up Babs the genie. He uses it to return as a visiting prince asking for the princess's hand. Unfortunately for him, the sultan's wicked twin brother has secretly usurped the throne, someone else is after the lamp for his own ends, and Babs has taken a shine to Aladdin herself and is bent on wrecking his endeavours. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Days and Nights of Spectacular Adventure...In Technicolor! See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 July 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

1001 Nights See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The hero is introduced several times as "Aladdin of Cathay" referring to Marco Polo's name for (Northern) China. In the original Arabian Nights tale, Aladdin is a Chinese lad and his adventure takes place in a rather Arabian-seeming China. No attempt is made to make Cornel Wilde look Chinese. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Once Upon a Time in Beirut (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

All or Nothing at All
(1940) (uncredited)
Music by Arthur Altman
Lyrics by Jack Lawrence
Performed by Phil Silvers at the finale, miming to the 1940 recording sung by Frank Sinatra
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"One of these days I gotta put the Indian sign on that dame."
11 May 2014 | by utgard14See all my reviews

Comical variation on the Aladdin story. Aladdin (Cornel Wilde) falls in love with Princess Armina (Adele Jergens) but is forced to flee the kingdom with his sidekick Abdullah (Phil Silvers). He finds a magic lamp with a genie (Evelyn Keyes) inside and uses her wish-granting powers to help him return to his princess.

This is definitely a different-looking Cornel Wilde than I'm used to, with somewhat effeminate hair and makeup. Particularly in the early parts where there are lots of close-ups of him. His performance is good, though. He's suited for parts like this. Phil Silvers, who I'm not always crazy about, is lots of fun here. Adele Jergens and Evelyn Keyes, blonde and redhead respectively, are both beautiful in Technicolor. Keyes is the highlight of the film for me as the genie Babs. Dennis Hoey, of Sherlock Holmes series fame, is quite good in a different role. Two roles, actually. Shows he had some range. Lovely Technicolor, great sets and costumes, and nice effects. It's a fine piece of escapism.


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